It's time to finally bid adieu to the 2018-2019 school year.
This week marks the last of the high school graduations scheduled in the Long Beach Unified School District, and a new group of young adults will be pursuing higher education and entering the work force — approximately 5,400 graduates, according to the district.
The Long Beach School For Adults, CAMS and Sato Academy have already walked across the stage to collect diplomas and celebrate with friends and family.
On Wednesday, June 12, Lakewood High School seniors will have their turn at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 5000 E Lew Davis St. Board of Education President Diana Craighead will lead the commencement.
Also on Wednesday, Millikan High School graduates will take the stage at 7 p.m. at Veterans Stadium, greeted by Craighead and Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser.
On Thursday, the majority of LBUSD high schools will experience their time to shine, beginning with Reid High School graduates walking at 1 p.m. at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., greeted by Superintendent Steinhauser.
Next is Jordan High School at 2 p.m. at Veterans Stadium. Board of Education Member Megan Kerr will be presenting diplomas.
At 3 p.m., Renaissance High School graduates will walk the stage at the Poly High School Auditorium, 1600 Atlantic Ave. Presenting diplomas is Board of Education Member Juan Benitez.
At 4 p.m., Avalon High School is crossing the threshold at Avalon Theatre, with Principal Supervisor Chris Brown leading the ceremony.
It's Wilson High School's turn at 5 p.m., Stephens Field at Wilson, featuring Board of Education Vice President Jon Meyer, Superintendent Steinhauser passing out diplomas to more than 770 graduates.
Cabrillo High School's ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. at Cabrillo Stadium, featuring Board of Education Member Felton Williams.
At 5:30 p.m., McBride High School is walking across the Millikan Field, 2800 Snowden Ave. Board of Education President Craighead and Board of Education Member Benitez will be handing out diplomas to about 775 students.
Poly High School ends the Thursday ceremonies with their procession at 7 p.m. at Veterans Stadium. Board of Education Member Williams joins the Jackrabbits — all 939 graduates — to pass out diplomas.
On Friday, Educational Partnership High School, an independent study school, with be graduating their seniors at noon at the Cabrillo High School field. Board of Education Member Kerr and Superintendent Steinhauser will lead the ceremony.
Beach High School will round off the graduation festivities with their ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the Millikan High School auditorium. Board of Education Vice President Jon Meyer will pass out diplomas.
And that's a wrap. Congratulations to the Class of 2019.
For more information about the Long Beach Unified School District, go to lbschools.net.
Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.